Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is a newer way to treat periodontal disease. Lasers use narrow and intense beams of light on one wavelength. It utilises a source of electricity, mirrors that direct the beam of light, something that will get stimulated to emit the particular wavelength needed and fibre optics that will deliver the energy. The LANAP option uses neodymium atoms that are only as wide as three human hairs, which directs the light into the tissues in a very precise way.
How It Works
The LANAP is effective at treating periodontal disease because the laser enters the pocket, removing the diseased or inflamed tissue and bacteria. Then, ultrasonic scalers and/or hand instruments are used to clean the surface. The laser then helps form a blood clot and stabilise the area to prevent new bacteria from entering the pocket. Many times, a bite adjustment is necessary to ensure that all the teeth are stable and then the tissue and bone regenerate over time.
Dentists like National Periodontics can do this procedure in as little as an hour, depending on how bad the gums are. Sometimes, it may take a bit longer, and more than one appointment could be necessary for severe cases.
You may not require any follow-up appointments, though you may be asked back for at least one. While the procedure itself doesn’t take long, it can take up to 12 months before regeneration occurs. During that time, you may be asked to take extra care of your teeth and seek cleanings more frequently to ensure that periodontal disease doesn’t come back.
Traditional treatments required scaling and cutting into the gums, which was painful and required anaesthetic. However, the LANAP procedure is painless and doesn’t require any anaesthetic, making it an excellent alternative that’s effective.